Oil filter fun, 3.0 engine

Discussion in '1998 - 2011 Ford Ranger' started by Corksailor, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. Corksailor

    Corksailor New Member

    I did my first Ranger oil change today, something I'm used to doing on vehicles after they exceed the warranty time/distance. Driveway mechanic version, on ramps. Have to say that the oil filter location and access on the 3.0 V6 was a surprise to me. Oil filter locations vary from great spots (my F-150) to "where the devil is it??" My Ranger turned out to be a "Where the devil is it?" initially, after I had already drained the main oil.... might have taken it to the service station had I known. Didn't spot it underneath... looked from the top (which was tricky since it was up on ramps and the bumper was 3' in the air) and finally located it on the engine side toward the driver's side wheel. Didn't look like great access from below (at least when on your back on the ground), nor easy access from the top. Finally saw there was decent access through the left wheel fender area.... backed it (coasting) down the ramp (realizing I would not be getting it back up (with no oil) until the job was done), got out the jack and removed the left front wheel... access not too bad from there, so got the job done.

    We learn by doing... I think with the considerable road clearance with the large tires, next time I won't bother with the ramps, since I can fairly easily slide under the engine for the main drain, and plan on a wheel removal for the filter change. Could probably be done over the tire if you jacked on a frame member and let the wheel hang, but the normal jacking point is the tang on the lower control arm.

    A learning experience.... but now good to go.:rolleyes:
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  3. Sounds like you had a fun time getting it done lol Mine is on the passenger side, crammed into a tiny space.
  4. Hurley

    Hurley Superultramegalurker

    Mine is really easy. I have a ton of room to work.
  5. El Camino Man

    El Camino Man Thank The Lord For BBFs!

    I am nearing oil change time in my Ranger... I hope the 4.0s are better lol. My old F-150 wasnt too bad but the oil drain plug was right above the crossmember so it was impossible to catch all the oil
  6. Captured Time

    Captured Time watch this and hold on

    mine is in the same spot as the OP but with th 3"BL it is a snap to take care of

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